Engineering and Arts go together like PB&J

Shuntaro Nishi Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Music, Shuntaro, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

The Defiant Ones. No this post is not about being an angsty teenager rebelling against their parents. This is about the television series about Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. I think the first thing this blog will address is the lie they feed you about how the right and left side of the brain are separated and no person can …

Future Cinema, Powerful Storytelling, and Superpowers

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus

This semester, I had some extra space in my schedule, so I decided to take an elective in the School of Cinematic Arts. Now that I’m a junior and have completed most of my core classes, I’m starting to dive into classes that are more specific to my interests. I am seriously loving my film school elective, Future Cinema (IML365). …

“I’m not bossy, I’m the boss”: Takeaways from Grace Hopper

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Plus, Women In Engineering, Yingyu

It’s Friday, and my very first Grace Hopper experience is coming to an end! It’s been a hectic but brilliant week and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! For those of you who don’t know, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world’s largest gathering of women in technology, produced annually by the Anita …

#ThroughHerEyes: From Elementary School to Viterbi

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Why USC, Women In Engineering

One of my main role models, Melinda Gates, is asking girls in computer science to share their stories of how they got into computing with the hashtag #ThroughHerEyes. I thought I would share my story here with you all since a caption on social media can’t capture it fully. Here’s my story… As a child, I was fortunate that my …

Organize yourself to join Student Organizations

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Computer Science, Design Teams, Involvement, Ramiro, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Why USC

Getting involved with a school organization is definitely a great part of the college experience. With some organizations, you’ll be able to make new friends and go on different adventures, while other organizations will put classroom lessons into practice. Whichever you decide to join, not limited to either type, you will find many opportunities for growth and learning. For me, …

Hello World! (Hehehe)

Namita Prakash Computer Science, Namita, Study, Viterbi Class, Why USC

Sophomore year so far has been WOW. It has been ridiculously intense in every way, and now midterm season is starting up. The nights are getting later, but everything about sophomore year has somehow still been even better than freshman year, and I think a huge reason for this are my two Computer Science classes. My CSCI 170 Discrete Methods …

Redefining the “Lab”: Research in CS

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Research, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Yingyu

Interested in research but don’t know where to start? Here’s some perspective into what research in computer science looks like at Viterbi! When I was in high school, I thought doing research in a laboratory meant wearing gloves, goggles, and a lab coat while mastering your pipette technique. So when I was a college freshman and I heard people talk …

Computer Science, Business, and Dance: How Viterbi is Helping Me Make Sense of My Passions

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Research, Viterbi Plus, Why USC, Women In Engineering

Up until I entered USC, I thought of my two main passions, dance and computer science, as two separate entities. I have been programming since my sophomore year of high school, which led me to declare a major in Viterbi, and I have been dancing since I was three, so I picked up a minor in Kaufman to keep up …

No Fear in the New School Year

Natalie Monger Campus Events, Computer Science, Natalie, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

I recently wrote a post where I gave 25 pieces of advice to incoming freshmen. Now that the start of the school year is getting closer, I thought I would share more advice that is relevant to the first few weeks of school for both incoming freshmen and returning students. Enjoy! Attend fun events during your first few weeks to …

Work Hard and Go Home: A Summer at Slack

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Internship, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Summer, Yingyu 0 Comments

“Slack?” my mom asked me when I told her where I’d be interning for the summer. “What’s Slack?” Slack is one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies today, and a place where I’ve been fortunate enough to work for the past few months. At a company that values playfulness, empathy, and craftsmanship, I’ve been able to learn more about …

How to Navigate the Internship Search

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Internship, Professional & Academic, Yingyu 0 Comments

When the fall semester begins, so does the hunt for a summer internship. From talking to recruiters to prepping for interviews, there’s a lot going on during these few months. Here’s a few things I’ve learned about landing your next internship at an up and coming tech company! Like most people will say, it’s never too early. You can start …

List of Grace Hopper Scholarships for CS Girls

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Research, Uncategorized, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

Last October, I attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Houston, Texas. It was such a fun opportunity. I networked with representatives from some of the world’s top tech companies, attended seminars, and, best of all, met other girls in engineering. I think Grace Hopper is one of the best places for women to network and search …

Hackathon 101: A Survival Guide

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Life, Yingyu 0 Comments

Welcome to the world of hackathons! For those of you just discovering the excitement of hackathons, here’s some more information to get rid of the myths that hackers are mysterious techies working for secret government organizations. In reality, hackathons are prime opportunities to create, build and innovate over the span of two days. With a number of technical workshops to attend, …

A Wave Goodbye: Code the Change Retreat

Yingyu Sun Beach, Computer Science, Professional & Academic, Service, Viterbi Orgs, Yingyu 0 Comments

I joined Code the Change during the spring semester of my freshman year and met some of the most interesting people I know here at USC. The people in CTC helped me not only learn more about web development but also gave me a community to become a part of. Code the Change is a student-run organization that helps build …

Exploring The Artistic Side of Engineering

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Professional & Academic, Research, Sports, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

I love both technology and dance. As a student in both USC Viterbi and USC Kaufman, I have the best of both worlds. I get to study both of my passions on the same campus with some of the best professors and students in the world. Growing up, I have always used both sides of my brain. On the right …

25 Slices of Advice for Incoming Freshmen

Natalie Monger Campus Events, Computer Science, Natalie, Students, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

Dear incoming freshmen, Congratulations! I can’t wait to see you on campus soon. In celebration of you as you join the Trojan family, I’d like to share some of my greatest pieces of advice for freshmen. Most of these I learned (the hard way!) during my freshman year. So, I’d like to make your transition smoother with some pieces of …

AthenaHacks! An Interview With One of the Founders

Shana Douglass Campus Events, Computer Science, Involvement, Shana, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

Female empowerment. I’m so here for it. Female empowerment in tech… IM SO HERE FOR IT. A few weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to attend AthenaHacks, Southern California’s FIRST and ONLY all female Hackathon created for women by women (and USC women nonetheless!). Ladies from universities all across So-Cal came to USC for 2-Days filled with hacking, innovation, …

“Hey Ankur, What’s a Hackathon?”

ankur-2017 Ankur, Computer Science, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

Glad you asked! Hackathons are two to three-day long events that are held over the course of a weekend at universities across the nation (and the world)! They usually feature several hundred college students, a handful of corporate sponsors, and thousands of dollars in prizes, awards, and other fun incentives. Overall, the goal of a hackathon is to encourage students …

My Major! All About Computer Science

Suveena Thanawala Computer Science, Suveena, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus 0 Comments

Computer Science is an incredibly diverse major here at SC; the breadth of organizations related to CS, the majors/minors/emphases you can take, the research projects available is huge! I’m studying Computer Engineering & Computer Science, which is a major offered by the Computer Science department in conjunction with Electrical Engineering. You get an even split of both CS (software engineering …

Spark SC – Student Innovation Hub

Suveena Thanawala Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Suveena, Viterbi Orgs 0 Comments

  One of the organizations on campus that I’m involved in is Spark SC. It’s an entrepreneurship organization that aims to connect students in all different disciplines with a common interest in innovation. We do this by hosting events from an ideathon to a startup career fair, bringing together all kinds of students. Spark is really an organization unlike any …